It’s a shame when a living legend, whose legacy should be cemented with two Super Bowl MVP’s and four championships, refuses to grow old gracefully. Terry Bradshaw for some reason though can’t. He also can’t seem to stop putting his foot in his mouth long enough to realize that he may be even more revered in Pittsburgh now than when he played here. He fails to acknowledge the fact that it was he who turned his back on the Steelers and the fanbase, not the other way around, and then tries to play the victim in the whole situation when he is the one created it.
Time and time again, Terry Bradshaw received invitations by the organization to return to Pittsburgh to celebrate the four Super Bowl titles with former teammates. Time and time again he refused them, while also failing to return for the funerals of The Chief and Chuck Noll as well. The one invition he accepted was for Terry Bradshaw appreciation night against the Colts a few years back.
Evidently, when it’s all about him, Terry will show up, but when he has to share the spotlight, he’d love to come, but he has prior commitments to honor. As loyal as the Rooney’s were to him, it’s a shame how he has refused to repay that loyalty with equal respect. Of course this is all speculation, but it seems that every time Ben Roethlisberger breaks another one of his records, Bradshaw acts more insecure and jealous each time. It’s like Terry is afraid that he will soon become irrelevant.
Think back to how supportive Bradshaw was of Neil O’Donnell, Kordell Stewart, and Tommy Maddox. When they were getting crucified for horrible play and making stupid mistakes, like he did early in his career, Bradshaw rushed to their defense. When it comes to Ben, look how critical Terry has been. He even criticized Ben after the his first 6 touchdown game, calling him selfish. O’Donnell, Stewart, and Maddox were never going to approach Bradshaw’s success, and he knew it. Bradshaw also knew that their failure’s kept fans longing for the day’s of number 12.
When Ben Roethlisberger came along, suddenly fans had a modern day hero, one who has now broken every significant record Terry ever held, and is looking to close the gap to within one Super Bowl title of Terry’s four. If Terry Bradshaw is indeed threatened by Ben’s success, what will he do if Roethlisberger matches his four Super Bowl titles, accuse Ben of raping him too? Sadly, with the way he has been acting lately, it sure wouldn’t come as a shock. Instead of being proud that Ben Roethlisberger has helped continue the winning legacy in Pittsburgh that Terry Bradshaw started, he is acting like a jealous ex-girlfriend when there is no reason to.
If Terry Bradshaw isn’t careful, he’ll soon be remembered just as much for what he is saying now, as for what he did on the field which would be a real shame. There will always be plenty of room in the hearts of this great fanbase for both him and Ben. There is not, nor will there ever be a competition between the two of them for the fans affection. For Terry Bradshaw the player, he was the first franchise quarterback in Steelers history and brought Super Bowl glory to Pittsburgh, and for that he will always be fondly remembered. As for Terry Bradshaw the Broadcaster, keep saying the things you are and you may end up being mercifully forgotten.